Colombo,Dec 10 (TruthDive): Suriyapperuma, a senior Sri Lankan ruling party MP, told Parliament last week that India was 'no more a giant' but 'only a bug'.
Suriyapperuma vented out his ire on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for choosing to skip Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri Lanka in November this year.
85-year-old Suriyapperuma is a National List member of the Sri Lankan Parliament and belongs to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Octogenarian Suriyapperuma who is four years older than Manmohan Singh called Dr Singh an 'old man' and a 'fool.'
Sunday Times reported that while speaking during the Committee Stage debate of the Ministry of External Affairs, Suriyapperuma said that the Indian PM Manmohan Singh though promised to attend CHOGM, did not come and that he has been rejected by his own people at the elections held at five Indian states. He further ranted that the old man (nakiya) will be thrown out of office soon and that this fool has gone and created a new state in India now.
The Sunday Times observed that no ruling party member or minister, including the Minister of External Affairs GL Peiris, who were present at the time Suriyapperuma made these outrageous remarks, appeared to be disturbed.
However, opposition United National Party (UNP) MPs, Ravi Karunanayake and Ranjan Ramanayake said that "stupid statements" made by ruling party members were antagonising foreign countries and the way some government MPs spoke of foreign dignitaries was "shameful".
The UPFA parliamentarian did not spare British Prime Minister David Cameron either; he called him a "political ghost" who was losing clout in the U.K and called him a 'scoundrel'. He also directed his ire at U.S. President Barack Obama calling him a black man whose skull will be smashed by the combined powers of Russia and China.
He promptly acknowledged Sri Lanka's friendship with China and remarked that if not for the weapons given by China and Pakistan, Sri Lanka would have lost the war.
It may be recalled that the Minister for Public Relations Mervyn de Silva, had proposed marriage to Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights when she visited Sri Lanka in August this year.
One would surely doubt if the high-profile ruling party ministers of Sri Lanka are caught by foot-in-mouth disease bug?